By Cassandra Elliott.
A US couple and a homeless man are facing charges of theft by deception and conspiracy after raising more than $400,000 USD through Go Fund Me.
The campaign was launched by Kate McClure (28) and her partner Mark D’Amico (39), to raise money to repay the kindness of homeless ex-marine Johnny Bobbitt who helped McClure after she ran out of petrol on the side of the road.
The deception came to light after Bobbitt took legal action against the couple in August claiming he never received his fair share of the funds.
At Thursday’s press conference, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said, “the entire campaign was predicated on a lie”.
Net proceeds for the couple were over $367,000 USD, which was spent on holidays, a car, high-end handbags and gambling. The Prosecutor said Mr Bobbitt only received about $75,000 USD.
The prosecutor said Mr Bobbitt was “fully complicit” in the campaign.
Go Fund Me released a statement reassuring anyone who contributed to the campaign will receive a full refund.